When my husband left on deployment 5 months ago, our daughter was only saying a dozen or so words. Since then she has added a vast amount of material to her vocabulary. She says Mama, Daddy, Sissy, Up, Go, Bus, Car, Tree, Nye-Nye, Poo-Poo and Baby with a proficiency that makes them easy to identify. The rest? I assure you that they are words in intent, but to the uninitiated (or a returning Marine) it sounds like a hot mess.
Herewith, the Allie Translator:
Chee = Kitty
Chi-chi = binky
Shees = shoe
Syock = sock
Bah-ee = Barney
Boo Coo = Blue’s Clues
Dodo = Dora the Explorer
Show = Baby Einstein
Baba = Brother
Skoo = School
Doh = I want to go through that door
Wawa = water
Seet = I’m hungry and I want to go in my ‘seat’ (high chair)
Box! = Xbox, turn on my DVD
Wee – I want to ride my rocking horse
Side = Outside
Baa = Bath
Kew = Clue (aka I see something that resembles a paw print)
The toughest ones to decipher are the many variations of the ‘chee’ sound. Does she want the kitty or a binky? It could be she wants her shoes, which means she wants to go out.
My son said ‘kong’ for phone and my older daughter said ‘meskit’ for music. Our family still uses those words. Do your kids say weird stuff, and do they stay in the family long after the child has grown out of the word?